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#27 Brian Iwuh
Position: Outside Linebacker
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 220
Year: Junior
City/State: Houston, Texas
High School: Worthing
Experience: 2 Letters

 

2005 (Sr.)—He started 12 games at outside “buff” linebacker, including the Champs Sports Bowl, as he missed the New Mexico State game following arthroscopic knee surgery due after being injured in the opener against Colorado State.  That slowed him a but the first portion of the year, but he came on at the end to earn second-team all-Big 12 honors from the league coaches (honorable mention by the Associated Press).  One of 65 candidates on the official watch list for the Dick Butkus Award, he was one of just nine players to earn prestigious CU Victory Club honors by the coaching staff, which also named him the recipient of the Hang Tough Award for overcoming the most adversity in his career.  He completed his career tied for 47th all-time in tackles at Colorado with 216, though his 155 solo stops tied for 18th all-time.  As a senior, he finished fourth on the team with 65 tackles (44 solo), recording 42 of those over the last six games of the year once he returned to normal following the knee injury.  He was in on five for losses, including three quarterback sacks, and led the team with 18 third down stops, which tied Chad Brown’s 1992 count for the second most in school history (Alfred Williams set the record of 26 in 1990).  He also had eight quarterback hurries, two chasedowns (near sacks), forced two fumbles and had a pass deflection, along with three more tackles on special teams.  He was named CU’s lineman of the week on two occasions: against Kansas, when he had eight tackles, including two sacks, and against Missouri, when he had four tackles, two third down stops and a hurry.  He had 10 tackles (eight solo) against Nebraska, with six or more on four other occasions.  Against Clemson in the bowl, he had five tackles (all solo), including one for a loss and two third down stops.  He accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl, where he had two solo tackles and a pass broken up in helping the North to a 31-14 win over the South.  In the preseason, Street & Smith’s selected him as a honorable mention All-American, while The Sporting News tabbed him as the No. 12 outside ‘backer in the nation.

 

2004 (Jr.)—A second-team All-Big 12 performer (Associated Press and Fort Worth Star-Telegram; the league coaches named him honorable mention), he finished as the team leader in tackles with 98, as well as in solo stops with 74.  He became the first linebacker to lead Colorado in tackles since 1999, and just the second playing true outside linebacker ever to do so.  He had five games with 10 or more tackles, including three in the last four games, with a season-high 13 at Kansas that featured 12 unassisted.  He also had 12 tackles against both Missouri and Oklahoma, the latter in the Big 12 championship game.  In the opener against Colorado State, he scored what amounted to be the winning points as he made his first career interception and raced 37 yards for a touchdown to give CU a 27-17 lead at the time.  In playing the second most snaps on defense (772), he also led the team in tackles for loss with 14, was fifth in third down stops (9), and added four quarterback hurries, two pass deflections, a fumble recovery (against Iowa State), two touchdown saves, a caused interception and two more tackles on special teams play.  He was one of only 10 players to earn his way on CU’s prestigious Victory Club, as he had a winning production grade in at least eight games on the year, and the coaches also selected him as CU’s defensive back of the week for three games (Colorado State, Missouri and Kansas State).  He started all 13 games, including the Houston Bowl; he had two tackles (one solo), a third down stop and a pass deflection in the win over UTEP as the Miners stayed away from his side of the field most of the game.  He was moved to outside linebacker for spring drills, the new position in CU’s return to a 4-3 defensive scheme.  For the second straight year, he was the recipient of the Hale Irwin Award as the outstanding defensive back (includes linebackers) as selected by the coaches.  He was 15 pounds heavier than he was entering fall drills as a sophomore (and 25 more than when he reported as a frosh).

 

2003 (Soph.)—He started four games (all at strong safety) and played in 11 overall, as he had a rough go of it, losing his father and an older brother both to cancer four days apart in October.  He played 329 snaps from scrimmage in addition to several plays on special teams, as he racked up 32 tackles (24 solo) defensively, including three for losses.  He also had two touchdown saves, a forced fumble, one recovery, a third down stop and a pass deflection. He had a season-high seven tackles on two occasions, in the opener against Colorado State and before his family at Baylor, with another top effort against No. 22 Missouri: he had three tackles, one for a loss, along with a his forced fumble and recovery to help CU to the win.  He earned five special team points, as he had two solo tackles, a fumble recovery, a knockdown block and a blocked PAT kick (the latter coming at Kansas State).  He enjoyed a fine spring, as he was named the Hale Irwin Award winner as the outstanding defensive back as selected by the coaches, and was one of 13 players to earn Spring Victory Club honors.  He bulked up a bit for the spring, adding 10 pounds of muscle to his frame from the 205 he played at as a freshman.

 

2002 (Fr.)—He saw action in 13 games, including starts the last two games of the year (against Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship game and Wisconsin in the Alamo Bowl); he really matured in CU’s defensive schemes as the season progressed.  On defense, he saw most of his action at the weak safety position, in for three games from scrimmage (121 total plays).  He had 21 tackles on the season, with one pass breakup, but the bulk of those came against the Sooners in the league title game, when he posted 14 (seven solo, seven assisted).  That tied him for the second most ever in a game by a true frosh at Colorado.  He played in all 12 of his games on special teams, missing the UCLA game after having surgery for a broken thumb.  He returned after missing just one game, and played several in a soft cast as the injury healed.  He had six tackles, including four solo and one for a loss, against Wisconsin in the bowl game.

 

HIGH SCHOOL—As the senior team captain, he earned first-team all-league honors (Houston Independent Schools) and second-team all-district (17-5A) honors.  He played in Houston’s North-South All-Star game after the season, and was named to the area Blue Chip list.  He was an honorable mention all-district and all-league performer both as a sophomore and junior.  As a senior, playing strong safety, he was in on 91 tackles (six for losses, two sacks), with five passes broken up, three interceptions and five forced fumbles.  He played defensive end as a junior, and made 110 stops, with eight for losses (five sacks), 15 hurries, five fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles and a PBU.  Top games as a senior included a 31-24 overtime playoff win over Westbury, when he had eight tackles, an interception and forced fumble, and in a loss to Madison, when he had 15 tackles, one sack and a PBU.  He had 16 tackles, his career-high, against Westbury as a sophomore.  Worthing was 9-3 his senior year, advancing to the second round of the playoffs, and was 5-5 his junior and 7-3 his sophomore years under coaches Eddy Snow and Coger Coverson.  He also lettered four times in track (sprints and relays, best of 47.4 in the 400 and 1:53 in the 800), twice in basketball and once in swimming.  He was the track team’s MVP as a senior, when he was also captain.

 

ACADEMICS—He is majoring in economics at Colorado.  An honor roll student in high school, as he maintained a 3.2 GPA.

 

PERSONAL—He was born March 8, 1984 in Houston, Texas.  Hobbies include playing video games, working out and working on cars with his grandfather.  He has three most famous distant cousins: baseball players Reggie Jackson (his grandfather’s third cousin) and Ralph Garr, and Outland Trophy winner Russell Maryland.  He has been an active participant in the Houston area Junior Olympics, as his 4x400 relay team has won a gold medal every year since fifth grade.  He also belongs to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  (Last name is pronounced E-woo.)

 


Season


G


Plays

Tackles
UT  AT--TOT


TFL


Sacks


3DS


Hurr


FR


FF


PBU


Int

2002

3

121

11   10--  21

1- 5

0- 0

1

0

0

0

1

0

2003

10

329

24     8--  32

3- 5

0- 0

1

1

1

1

1

0

2004

12

772

74   24--  98

14-37

1.5-14

9

4

1

0

2

1

2005

11

610

44    21-- 65

2- 2

3- 22

18

8

0

2

1

0

Totals

26

1832

153   61-- 214

20- 49

4.5- 36

29

13

2

3

5

1

ADDITIONAL STATISTICS—Interception Return Yards: 1-37, 37.0, 1 td (2004); Special Team Tackles: 3,1—4 (2002); 2,0—2 (2003); 1,1—2 (2004);  3,0—3 (2005).

 

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